Captain Justice Productions
The SHORT Story

   If you believe that I have sent you some unsolicited e-mail, the simple fact of the matter is that I didn't do it. (Nor did anyone else affiliated with this site, as I am the only one who has an e-mail address here.)

   Someone else sent that e-mail, made it look like it came from here. Unfortunately, there is little that one can do about these e-mails either.


The LONG Story
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1. What is Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (UCE)?

More commonly known as SPAM, UCE, or unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE) is sent to you without your consent, or desire. Its main goal is usually to sell something, although - not always. The following links can help you learn about and help protect yourself from SPAM.

ANTI-SPAM Resources
2. Why is it that I have an e-mail from

Some malefactor (the spammer, in this case) has forged an invalid "Return-to" address. So their message gets to you, and if you click on the "reply" button, complaints (or compliments) that you might have for them do not go to them. Instead they go to the innocent 3rd party, and in this case, a non-existent e-mail address.

Because this false e-mail ends in "" it immediately becomes my problem.

3. Just who is sending all of this crap?

It's very hard to discern. That being said, I am trying to discover this information.

E-mail servers will stamp their unique identifier onto and e-mail message (IP address) and the unique identifier of the computer that sent it. In theory, one can trace an e-mail back to to person that sent it. Indeed, when this sort of thing has happened before, I have traced the origin of the individual responsible. Armed with this information, it was possible to have their ISP cancel their account.

There is one major problem with this latest attack, however. These e-mails are not originating from a single source. They are coming from all over the world - literally.

4. How is that possible?

I'm going to have to say that in this case, I can't be 100% sure. However, I do have some pretty good ideas.

In the ongoing war with spammers on one side, and system administrators and e-mail users on the other, techniques and tools are under constant refinement - on both sides. Administrators put in place filters, and the spammers craft messages to get around them. We close down their accounts, and they go down the street and open another.

This latest development, is an odd one, difficult to trace, and I currently don't have a counter to it. Because of the distributed nature of the origins of these unwanted e-mails, it looks like someone has compromised a good deal of home computer systems. Computer systems connected to the internet via high speed cable or DSL connections, and that are left on all day.

5. That's sounds like too fantastic of a story. Is this for real?

I wish that I was making this up. Unfortunately I am not that creative. These exploits are real. These e-mails that I am seeing fit the pattern. Is this the same group that masterminded the Citibank scam? Probably not. Are they using a sophisticated method to distribute their SPAM? Definitely.

6. Can't you stop them from sending these e-mails?

No. Unfortunately, contrary to what you may have learned on Knight Rider, one man cannot make a difference.

On the other hand, ALL of you can make a difference. If you want to show your displeasure - use your power as a consumer. The site that these e-mails are advertising is:

Contact them (if they've fixed their contact page since I've tried to reach them) and voice your displeasure with their marketing associates. Let them know that you don't approve of the (possibly illegal) marketing techniques of their affiliates. Let them know that because of such marketing, you would be less inclined to spend your purchasing-drugs-over-the-internet budget with them.

7. Why not just hack their website? Or DDoS it?

It is true that people like Mafiaboy have shown us how easy it is to knock sites off the internet, that's not the solution here either. To do so would be
  • stooping to the level of the spammers?
  • directing anger at a potentially innocent party?
  • illegal?
  • all of the above?
The correct answer is "all of the above." Two wrongs have never made a right.
A Final Note
   This page should be considered to be a work in progress. I will update this area as I gain new information, especially if there's any useful news. Also, much of what is contained on this page can be considered opinion. Specifically it is my opinion. Feel free to do you own research, and don't take my word for anything. There are many people more knowledgeable than me on the topic of computer security. Some of them even have webpages. Remember: Google is your friend.